We sold our truck and camper and bought our van exactly 1 year ago today. We’ve done a bit of reflecting back on how that year has gone. Not everything quite went exactly as planned, but that’s the nature of (van)life.
It’s been quite a while since we installed solar panels on the roof, but we haven’t yet talked about what those panels are connected to. When we were trying to figure out how much solar we could get, we were also simultaneously trying to figure out the whole battery situation: how much power we need, how much of a battery bank is possible based on how much solar input we can get, what kind of batteries we wanted, and how much space the batteries would consume.
When we completed the solar, way back when, we left some wires dangling from under the headliner, ready to be plugged into whatever charge controller and battery we chose. The actual amount of power and batteries we get is limited by how quickly they can be recharged by the amount of solar that we managed to fit onto the roof in addition to the cargo boxes.